Board of Directors

President

Raymond Swonek
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Raymond is the Chief Executive Officer of GEF Seniors Housing (GEF), the largest provider of seniors’ subsidized independent and supportive living in Alberta, serving over 3,500 seniors. Raymond is a Chartered Accountant and has over 30 years of business experience in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. He has been involved in the Seniors Housing Industry since 1997.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Public Housing Administrators’ Association for ten (10) years.

Raymond is passionate about positively influencing seniors’ quality of life.

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” ~ Winston Churchill

Vice-President North Region

Jackie McCuaig
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I am very proud and excited about embarking on this new journey with so many people who have such passion about their community and our beloved seniors.

I live where I was raised. I have spent my entire life (minus 5 years) on the same quarter section of land my husband and I subdivided 3 acres from my parents in 1992. I have two beautiful daughters, who are grown now, and we have been blessed with a wonderful grandson.

I was lucky to be within close proximity to my grandparents and great grandparents during my life, and have learned the true value of our seniors first-hand. Our children, as well as our grandson, get to enjoy the same family dynamic.

I was elected to Parkland County Council in 2013, and am a board member of the Meridian Foundation, which has brought me to this position.

I have been a volunteer in my community for many years and love to work with people for a purpose.

My husband and I have been in business since 1998. We are the owners of Doug the Carpenter and Spruce it up Promotions.

I am passionate about community and believe we get what we give.

North Region Director

Judy Bennett
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Born and raised in the Midwestern United States, Judy Bennett immigrated to Canada in 1974 and became a Canadian citizen in 1991. Before running for Town Council in 2007, she taught elementary school for 30 years in Parkland School Division.

Judy was very active in the ATA (Alberta Teachers’ Association) where she served as Local Secretary for one year.  She also was elected to the North Central Teachers Convention from 1987-1994.  Judy served several positions on that planning committee including 3 years as Vice-President Facilities.

She has been actively involved in the community of Stony Plain since retiring from teaching in 2006 including acting as a Mural Tour guide, sitting on the Murals Committee and serving with Stony Plain Family and Community Support Services. She also volunteers in programs run by the Stony Plain Alliance Church. She is now active on several Town appointed boards and commissions, including Vice-Chair of the Meridian Housing Foundation Board.

Her priorities on Council include implementing the Municipal Development Plan and helping to develop a Council Strategic Plan.  It is very important to her that council develop public engagement strategies that encourage and enable residents to also become involved in decision-making.  Stony Plain is a place where all members of the community can feel at home and raise their families in a safe and caring community as she did with her two children, Annie and Ryan.

By becoming a Director with ASCHA, some of those priorities also apply.  Building Community for all ages and all people is one of her top priorities.  Every person has the right to a safe and caring living environment.  ASCHA is in the position to make policy and advocate the rights of seniors and Seniors Housing Authorities throughout Alberta and it is Judy’s pleasure to serve on this Board.

Judy’s hobbies include walking with her dog, gardening, and traveling around the world to visit her friends and family.

North Region Director

Henry Hunter
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Henry Hunter is the President and CEO of Wood Buffalo Housing in Fort McMurray, Alberta, which is responsible for all subsidized independent and supportive-living seniors’ housing in the Wood Buffalo region. Its portfolio includes Rotary House Lodge - which provides a supportive living environment to seniors, Legion Manor and Araubasca House - two independent living apartment complexes exclusively for seniors, Ayabaskaw House and Lodge in Fort Chipewyan, and Woodsmoke Elders Lodge in Anzac.

Henry has his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Commercial Law from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and is a seasoned and accomplished executive leader with over 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. His broad international and multicultural background, gained through extensive work in North America, Europe, and the Middle East, has taught him the value of being flexible and versatile in the face of ever-changing circumstances. He is known for building strong working relationships amongst his team and within the community, mentoring unique talents, and fostering open communications in order to gain the trust, confidence, and respect of executives, team members, clients, external vendors, and key stakeholders.

He is very passionate about ensuring our seniors have the facilities and care that they need, and a quality of life that they deserve. He understands fully the unique challenges that the North Region faces when it comes to senior care and has been a champion for change.

“Senior care is something that affects every single person at some point in his or her life, whether it’s from caring for a parent or loved one, or through our own inevitable process of aging,” says Hunter. “There is a lot we can learn from past mistakes and successes, and through working together and sharing experiences and ideas.”

“Some of the best moments of my week are when I have the opportunity to visit with our seniors and help them to celebrate their milestones and happy occasions. We recently celebrated the 100th birthday of one of our long-time residents and it was great fun!”

Vice-President Central Region

James Nibourg
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So as we embark on a new journey with this new governance model and a new board, the sky is the limit for ASCHA.  We are in very exciting times.

So a little about myself…my lovely wife Lori-Anne is a Registered Nurse working in Stettler. We have raised four awesome and very busy children. I was born and raised in the Erskine / Stettler area ( central Alberta). I learned to get along with others as I was the youngest of eight, and there was lots of discussion and, okay, arguing along the way. We did learn that respect is important and that a strong sense of volunteering is great because a community is what you make it. After graduating from high school in Stettler, I moved away to follow work in small towns all around Alberta, always comparing them to the Stettler area. Fifteen years ago we moved back home. Now we live just south of Erskine, raising purebred sheep, chickens and our kids. I have now owned and operated East Central Auto Recyclers for the last ten years. My many experiences with different volunteer groups and businesses have given me the tools and talents {I hope} to meet the challenges of being your voice at the table for the next few years. Please do not hesitate to contact me and let me know what you are thinking. I truly look forward to serving you. I have been a County of Stettler councilor for four years and with that, one of my roles has been with the County of Stettler Housing Authority where I am currently Chair.

I do believe we are in the people business. Every day we interact with people.  How we deal with people is a lot of how we deal with issues. I would like to think I keep the people important, which keeps the issues important. Any time you would like to talk about an issue that is important to you, give me a shout, text, email, twitter, phone or just a coffee I will make time. I can always find time between shearing sheep, towing junk, or coaching.

Remember:  "You can easily judge the character of a someone by how they treat those who can do nothing for them."

Central Region Director

Melodie Stol
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After serving 10 years as Mayor of the Town of Blackfalds, Melodie Stol left politics in September 2017 to join The Bethany Group as their Stakeholder Relations Advisor. In this role, Melodie has been able to work with the boards and communities of six Housing Management Bodies, including ASCHA members Flagstaff Regional Housing Group and the Parkland Foundation. 

As part of the Bethany Group team, her goals for seniors housing is two-fold. First, is the importance of seniors housing in overall community development. Our residents should be fully engaged in community and our communities should look at the facilities as hubs to support all seniors. Secondly, she is committed to supporting the elected officials and volunteers that serve the housing management bodies so they can make informed decisions in the public interest.

Melodie has an education background in Local Government Administration, and has a long record of service on boards including the Lacombe Foundation, Central Alberta Victim and Witness Support and Blackfalds Family and Community Services.  While her work takes her throughout Central Alberta, Melodie proudly continues to call Blackfalds home. 

“I am very pleased to be serving on the ASCHA board, and I hope that my experience and passion for community development will support all ASCHA members in achieving their goals”.

Central Region Director

Darren Young
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